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Executive Hire News › Archives › October 2017 › Executive Report : Executive news

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Obart Pumps recently discovered one of its products that had given remarkably long service in the fleet of Fowler Hire & Sales in Bridport.
“Fowlers contacted us to buy a part for one of our submersibles,” MD Matthew Hill told EHN. “They said it was a Tsurumi S400, but the last one we sold was in 1990, so we felt there might be a mistake. We asked them to take a photograph of it and, sure enough, when we saw the casting marks, it was indeed an S400 – but, remarkably, one purchased from us around 1979. 
“On mentioning this, they said details of the product had been transferred from a handwritten record when the business went computerised in 1990, and that they still had the instructions for it. We also had the spare part in stock, which we gladly sent.
“However, we asked them if they were willing to swap the S400 for our latest model, the HS2.4S, so we could give it pride of place in our offices. They were happy to do so, as long as we told them when we would be collecting it, in case it went on hire!”
During the handover, Directors David (pictured left) and Martin Fowler said, “Seeing it go will almost be like losing a member of the family.” Matthew Hill added, “We know how well built Tsurumi pumps are, and come across examples regularly over ten years old, but this case is particularly special. We began selling Tsurumi pumps in 1976, so if any other hirer has an older one in their fleet, we would be very excited to hear from them.”


Depot manager’s Champion achievement

Champion Hire recently congratulated long-serving employee Chris Nicholls on achieving 25 years’ service with the company, presenting him with a bottle of champagne and a cheque for £500.  
Chris started work at Champion's Chesterfield depot as an apprentice fitter/driver in August 1992 and was its first employee to attend Chesterfield College on its day-release scheme. He moved to the Nottingham depot in 1997 as Hire Controller, before being appointed Manager at the Derby branch when it opened in 2008, and in 2012 he became Manager at Champion’s Sheffield location.
Champion Chairman Tim Hale said, “Chris is one of several key members of staff who have been with us for many years. We couldn't provide the kind of excellent customer service that we do without people like him.”
“I've done all sorts of roles here,” said Chris, “and I can't believe how the years have just flown by. Champion is very much like a big family and there are quite a few of us who have been here for a long time”. Indeed, Tim Hales added, “We actually have four staff who have more than 25 years’ continuous service, as well as two of the three Directors. 2018 is going to be a big year for us too, as it will be our 50th anniversary.” Pictured, from left, are Champion MD Keith White, Financial Director Jim Raybould, Tim Hale and Chris Nicholls.


Smiths opens bigger Cleveleys site

Smiths Equipment Hire has expanded its Cleveleys depot, and it is one of the first to be re-branded as a ‘Hire It Centre’, a new name that is being adopted at each branch of the business, which now has 11 sites in the north of England, plus its head office in Blackpool. 
Rick Morris, Manager at Cleveleys, said, “The depot really needed something to make the place shine again. When the old Blockbuster video hire premises next door came up for sale, it was the perfect decision made by David and Thomas Smith (Joint Managing Directors) to buy it and extend the depot.” The company says it also plans to open additional depots in Lancaster and Leeds.


Murphy opts for EasyCabins 

Murphy Plant, the plant hire activity within the contractor J. Murphy & Sons, has bought 30 mobile welfare units from AJC Trailers.
The EasyCabin EcoSmart12 Air units provide canteen facilities for up to six people, with a separate toilet, drying room and a low-energy diesel heater. They also have LED lights fitted with passive infrared sensors and a dedicated heating system designed to provide hot water for up four hours each day without having to start the built-in generator. The units have been finished in Murphy’s corporate green livery.


CPA Conference details announced 

Tickets are now available for CPA’s Construction Plant Conference taking place on Tuesday, 31 October at the Heart of England Conference and Events Centre at Meriden, near Solihull. 
Topics will include regulations governing air quality in London, the potential shortage of skilled plant operators, training and the future role of the CITB, measures that can be taken throughout the supply chain to make sites safer, updates on the CPA’s latest safety projects, and the implications of Brexit. For details visit www.cpa.uk.net/conference.


Charitable Chepstow

Chepstow Construction Equipment, the Kubota dealer for South Wales and the south west of England, reports that a fund-raising initiative it is running has raised £3,824 for several local charities including Devon Air Ambulance, Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospital, the Forest Pulse autism charity, the Julian Trust Night Shelter, Child Watch Phuket and the Lighthouse Club. This year, the company is donating £25 from every machine sale to one of the six charities, giving customers the option to do likewise. For details visit www.chepstowmachinesales.co.uk/charity


BSS Industrial adds Snorkels

BSS Industrial, a division of Travis Perkins specialising in pipeline and heating products, has bought thirty Snorkel S3010P push-around scissor lifts. BSS has a network of more than 60 branches nationwide, each of which has a hire counter for trade customers.
Steve Day, Divisional Hire Director with TP, said, “Low level access is a new product line for BSS. The compact size and low weight of the Snorkel S3010P suits our customer base extremely well, and is very easy to operate and maintain.” The machine provides a maximum working height of 5m, has a lift capacity of 240kg and weighs 370kg.


George Roberts NW wins Gold 

George Roberts NW Ltd, a Liverpool-based supplier of scaffolding and falsework products, has been awarded the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) Gold Award for excellence in occupational health and safety performance. The company had to provide evidence of good health and safety management systems by answering key performance questions, supported by a concise portfolio of relevant documentation.
Sales Director Designate, David Probert, said that the award follows the business’s success in achieving accreditation to the ISO 9001, ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001 quality standards.


Barrus celebrates centenary

E.P. Barrus celebrated its 100th anniversary last month. The business began trading in September, 1917 when Ernest Prouty Barrus set up a company in the UK to supply Starrett precision tools. Since then, it has diversified into other markets including Marine, Garden and Industrial.
Barrus entered the industrial engine market during the mid-1930s with the introduction of Johnson Iron Horse industrial engines and Chore Horse generators. The Industrial Division was launched in 1985 with the introduction of the Yanmar L Series engines.
The company has extensive research and development facilities for custom-engine building at its headquarters in Bicester (pictured).
We will report more fully on this milestone for Barrus in our next issue.


Dust solutions from Husqvarna

Husqvarna Construction Products is now offering a comprehensive range of dust and slurry management solutions to complement the cutting and grinding equipment across its range, following its acquisition of the specialist manufacturer Pullman Ermator earlier this year.
As EHN has highlighted in the past, dust created whilst working with concrete can contain minute respirable crystalline silica (RCS) particles which can be hazardous when inhaled. They should be captured at source to prevent it being airborne, either by using water to bind the dust or connecting tools to a dust extractor with the appropriate airflow and capacity for the application.
Husqvarna is introducing the products into its portfolio this month, branded in the company’s distinctive orange livery. They are designed to cover all construction industry applications and encompass three-phase dust extractors and pre-separators for heavy-duty tasks, wet/slurry vacuums, single-phase dust extractors and portable air scrubbers, and includes products meeting the H13 Hepa standard for separating up to 99.95% of the particles between 0.15 and 0.30 microns in size.
The line-up being launched this month includes S-Line lightweight dust extractors and A-Line portable air cleaners.


From YTS trainee to Genquip MD

Genquip MD Dennis Hughes has just celebrated 40 years’ service with the company and its related businesses. He originally joined MEJ Welding and Plant Services in Port Talbot as a plant fitter and apprentice engineer on a Youth Training Scheme (YTS) in 1977. This business was owned by Jeff Davies and Josh Llewellyn, who later formed GenSet UK Ltd. Dennis moved over with the team and was made MD in 1997.
Throughout this period, Dennis forged a strong business relationship with Paul Ratcliffe of static and mobile welfare cabin manufacturer, Groundhog UK. Genquip was founded in 1998 to provide a dedicated sales and marketing arm for Groundhog products.


Events success for Jarvie Plant

Jarvie Plant reports a spate of recent orders from the event hire market. The Grangemouth-based company has met demand for generators, lighting towers, forklifts, telescopic handlers, access platforms, welfare vans and, even, minibuses, from organisers throughout Scotland and the north of England.
The hirer has nine hire depots, including a recently opened facility in Manchester which is its first south of the border, and says this geographic spread is helping attract more customers. It has supplied equipment to the Scottish Open and the Scottish Ladies Open at Dundonald Links in Ayrshire, and the Open Championship at Royal Birkdale. Site accommodation, generators, and lights were also provided for events during the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

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